Peace Corps Interview Questions

Updated Sep 6, 2014
Updated Sep 6, 2014
63 Interview Reviews

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    Peace Corps Response Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The Peace Corps Response interview process was smooth and quick. Since Response is for people who have already served I think the recruiter assumes you already have an idea of what to expect. I applied on a Friday and the following week I was contacted to set up a phone interview. The experience can vary depending on the recruiter but my experience was fast and easy. From the time I applied to the day I left was less than three months.

    Interview Questions
    • The phone interview was relaxed and conversational and there weren't any surprising questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Business Advisor & Educator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Hiring and interviewing with the Peace Corps is rather long and arduous, although, recently the organization has implemented a new format in hopes to streamline and expedite the overall process. I, however, cannot speak to the new procedures. Essentially begins with filling out a lot of information online (nothing new here), there is an initial interview that is very basic, more of an informal discussion to get to know you and how prepared you may be to live abroad in a foreign setting. There will be an additional interview, medical check-up, FBI background check...essentially, you must really want to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult questions, the interview was very straight forward. Most questions were centered around leaving your home and living in a foreign country.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation, you accept all presented terms or you decline.
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Peace Corps Volunter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Submit an application and go through a long and tedious interview and placement process. Hope and pray that you pass the medical tests and 6 months to years later you may actually be sent an invitation to serve

    Negotiation Details
    Nonexistent
    Accepted Offer
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    Community Health Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 9 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    Basic standard questions about past international experiences, educational background, interpersonal skills, and scenarios you would encounter at your site. Very much a conversation and the recruiter does a great job easing you into the convo.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with conflicts that may arise in your organization i.e. witnessing corruption or theft within the staff?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very Standard
    interviewed was reading right from a list of questions and typing my answers as I went - which was very distracting at times
    It took about 4 months from the time my application was submitted to when I was finally interviewed

    Interview Questions
    • Most stressed period in your life and how you coped with it   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Miami, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 10 months - interviewed at Peace Corps in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    You apply to PC online and then receive multiple phone interviews/medical clearances. After about 6 months, you are offered a site (country)/position and you can either decline or accept. If you accept, it will be about another 4-5 months before departure.

    Interview Questions
    • In the interview, they want to make sure you're cut out for living (and succeeding) in a new culture and communicating in a different language for two years. Have specific examples prepared to prove you have what it takes.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Agriculture Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Peace Corps in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Long application to fill out online. Then there are face to face interviews where answers are copied down meticulously. If you get through that process you have a long list of medical examinations. Then if your site gets rescheduled you may have to have another interview over the phone.

    Interview Questions
    • What life experiences have prepared you for experiences in Africa?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is none... You get paid very little. It's about the experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Peace Corps Medical Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    Transparent and well organized. Reference from DOS very useful- I worked as locum tenens doctor at the US Embassy. Had several visits at the clinic I worked from DOS, area PCMO from Senegal, PC NP from local post. The whole process was compressed in 3 days but spread out over a period of more than 6 months.

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    Negotiation Details
    Brief, salary had fixed rates, benefits on the other hand where flexible.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  10.  

    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 months - interviewed at Peace Corps in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    The medical review was the most difficult part of the process. I mentioned a very minor allergy and that required a written follow up etc. Keep it simple and include things from your documented medical record

    Interview Questions
    • They wanted to know what I would do in my idle time. Exercise isn't necessarily the best answer because in many countries (particularly if you are a woman) that option may not be available to you - ie running in public could be taboo. Its worth really considering this question and reflecting upon what you turn to as a coping mechanism   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    You have 7 days to reject or accept your country assignment. It was a difficult choice for me but ultimately I accepted
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 9 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    I recommend starting the application process 6-12 months before you intend to serve. The process is lengthy due to the extensive medical and background check. Once you pass the medical/background portion you will be contacted for an interview. The interview is typically done in person, however, mine was done via Skype. My interview lasted 2 hours.

    Interview Questions
    • What are your coping mechanisms?   Answer Question
    • How would you feel about living and working in a culture where men and women are not treated as equals?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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